Miami, FL (January 7, 2020) –  Publix Pharmacies is again joining the National Family Partnership’s (NFP) Lock Your Meds® campaign in order to help spread the word about the dangers of unlocked prescription medications. During the months of January and February, Lock Your Meds posters will be visible at all Publix Pharmacy counters in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Customers who receive opioid prescriptions will also receive educational materials from the campaign.

Lock Your Meds is a national multi-media campaign designed to reduce prescription drug abuse by making adults aware that they are the “unwitting suppliers” of prescription medications being used by young people in unintended ways. The campaign includes a wide array of high-quality advertisements, posters, brochures and lock boxes which are all available for purchase via NFP’s eStore. NFP Affiliates are provided with customized materials.

“53% of misused medications come from family and friends, not a stranger or drug dealer or the internet,” said Peggy B. Sapp, NFP President. “We want to spread the word about the need for adults to properly secure their over-the-counter prescription medications. We’re delighted that Publix Pharmacies is partnering with us to help educate our communities about prescription drug misuse and the opioid epidemic.”

The general public can get involved in educating the community about the dangers of prescription drug misuse in the following ways:

  1. Sign the Lock Your Meds Online Pledge
  2. High Schoolers can receive volunteer credit hours by becoming a Lock Your Meds Student Ambassador.
  3. Keep your medication secure with Vaultz Medicine Pouches and Lock Boxes.
  4. Safely dispose of unused or expired medication. Attend a Take-Back event or visit your local pharmacy or police station with a permanent drop box.